Former Italian midfielder Antonio Cassano has launched a scathing assessment on Richarlison following his two-goal display for Brazil in their World Cup opener against Serbia on Thursday.

Richarlison grabbed the headlines after he helped his country get off to winning ways in Group G with Richarlison second twice in the second half, including his second where initially failed to control Vinicius’ cross but showed great improvision to swivel and took to the air, displaying impressive technique to fire home an unstoppable right-foot volley.

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Cassano, who earned 39 caps for Italy and played for the likes of Sampdoria, Inter Milan and Parma did not hold back with his opinion of the 25-year-old, describing him as ‘terrible’ while also being critical of both of his goals and believes that he should not be compared to the other Brazilian strikers in the national team.

He told Bobo TV: “I am a person who never denies what he says, and after what I have seen I confirm that Richarlison is terrible,” 

“The second goal? The reality is that he controlled the ball poorly and he scored that bicycle kick, while the other goal was an empty net.

“You can’t compare him to Brazil’s other strikers.”

SpursWeb Opinion

Cassano is very unfair with his assessment of Richarlison as a player.   The striker’s work rate is brilliant and it appears that his persona can rub people up the wrong way which may be the case with Cassano.

Spurs fans are yet to see Richarlison score in the Premier League and will be hoping that he can hit the ground running when the season resumes on Boxing Day at Brentford.

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